Anime Review: Saekano — How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend


This series was a surprising gem to me. Based on the TV special that came prior to the series and just the premise alone, I thought it was just going to be one of those stupid-silly romantic comedies about one guy surrounded by a gaggle of girls where the main content is all about the fan service. And believe me, I’ve seen plenty of those by now!

And yet, even the show anticipated that the audience would think that, subtly using all sorts of punch lines that tear down the proverbial “fourth wall,” to show a very creative side to romantic comedy. And while my immediate assumptions may have some truth to them, I’ve been proven once again: you can have a series that’s more than just about the fan service.

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